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Tackling Fly-tipping

New financial penalties have come into force to crack down on fly-tipping. The majority of householders already dispose of their waste responsibly, however from 7 January any householder who fails to pass their waste to a licensed carrier, and whose waste is found fly-tipped, could face penalties of up to £400.

Potential fly-tipping by rogue operators, and the risk of a penalty, can be simply avoided by using certified waste carriers. Householders can search for registered waste carriers quickly and easily on the Environment Agency’s website.

Latest figures show the government’s crackdown on fly-tippers is delivering results, with no increase in the number of incidents for the first time in five years for the 2017/18 year.

Councils were urged to use letters or notices on bins to remind people of appropriate practices. This measured and balanced approach, set out in further guidance, continues to allow councils to focus their efforts on the small minority who cause genuine harm to the local environment through irresponsible behaviour.

Michael welcomed the introduction of this new penalty for fly-tipping and said, "fly-tipping and litter dropping are two of my pet hates. They are a blight on our roads and beautiful Dorset countryside. So many local residents have contacted me about this subject and I know that this will be welcomed right across our community."

The Government has also committed to clarifying charging arrangements for waste disposal in relation to small scale DIY construction activities carried out by ordinary householders, which the government has made clear should not be charged for at Household Waste Recycling Centres.

Michael's speech in the Withdrawal Agreement Debate


In what has been called one of the most important votes since the war, Michael set out his reasons for voting against the proposed EU Agreement.

 


You can read Michael's full speech in the Brexit debate on his website.
https://www.michaeltomlinson.org.uk/news/text-michaels-full-speech-brexit-debate

Michael meets Secretary of State Matt Hancock MP

Michael recently met with the Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock MP, in Parliament. They discussed health care and NHS provision in Dorset including the proposals for changes to Bournemouth and Poole hospitals.

This follows the decision by Borough of Poole Councillors to support the decision to refer this matter to the Secretary of State by Dorset Health and Overview Committee.

Michael said “I believe that many of the proposals set out to transform health care and NHS provision across Dorset are right and will improve care for residents. However, I agree that it is right for the Secretary of State to examine this further and that every angle is looked at to ensure that the facilities at Poole hospital meet the needs of our community."

New funding boost for the police

Michael has welcomed the recent announcement that funding for the police will increase by up to £970 million next year, the biggest increase since 2010.
 
Police funding in Dorset could increase by up to 8.3% in 2019-20 as a result of these changes.
Michael has also welcomed the Home Office’s commitment to fighting serious and organised crime, including economic crime and drug trafficking, with a £90 million investment in national, regional and local capabilities.
 
Additionally, the settlement will again see £175 million going into the Police Transformation Fund, which includes investment for innovative new crime prevention techniques and a new national welfare service for front line officers, and £495 million for national police technology capabilities.
 
Michael said “I am delighted that police funding in Dorset is increasing in this way. This is part of our balanced approach to the economy – spending on key public services while keeping taxes down and getting debt falling. The Conservative Party will always ensure that the police have the powers and resources needed to keep our citizens and communities safe.”

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Beacon Hill Landfill Site


Michael has objected to the proposals to extend the licence of the Beacon Hill landfill site and is encouraging residents to do the same. Michael said “The application to extend the lifespan of the Beacon Hill landfill site has caused great concern for many residents. I agree that this is not in the best interest of the community and I have raised my objection with the County Council. This has been raised with me by a number of residents and Councillors, including Parish Council Chairman Paul Harrison. I urge all residents to go onto the Dorset County Council website and register their objections.”

You can register your objection by clicking here.
 
Wimborne Methodist Church


 
Michael was delighted to visit Wimborne Methodist Church before Christmas for their open day. He enjoyed both the singing group and ukulele band and the event raised over £400 for Wimborne First School’s sensory garden.

Michael said “Well done to everyone for the significant sum of money raised, and just as importantly to the church for holding this excellent community event.”
 
Michael signs letter to BBC about Brexit


Michael joined colleagues in signing a letter of complaint to the BBC, calling for neutral and unbiased reporting on the Brexit debate.

Michael said “Neutral and unbiased, that is what the BBC must be. But all too often the language used is far from neutral. I have coined the phrase ‘a clean global Brexit’ instead of ‘crashing out’ (to describe trading on WTO terms). Wouldn’t it be refreshing to hear this term being used – yes, even by the BBC! I have signed the letter to Lord Hall asking that this matter be reviewed and if necessary, clearer editorial guidance issued.”
 
Surgeries 

To book in at one of Michael's surgeries then please do phone the office on 01202 624216 or email Michael at michael.tomlinson.mp @parliament.uk
Ways to contact Michael

By Phone: 
01202 624216
0207 219 5844

By Post: 
House of Commons, 
London, 
SW1A 0AA

By Email:
michael.tomlinson.mp@parliament.uk
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